Infosys will start campus hires next year


Kris Gopalakrishnan speaking of company’s plan for fresh hires.

Infosys Technologies Limited Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director S Gopalakrishnan while speaking to reporters after a CII meeting said that company skipped campus recruiting in view of the global economy slowdown but is now looking at training about 18,000 of its employees under the extended mode till January 2010 and has also enhanced the present training of freshers from three and a half months to six months.

Gopalakrishnan said previously the freshers were put on training in one technology but now they are training in two technologies, adding that “they are better equipped and are more flexible as they are trained in multiple skills.”

He said recruitment and expansion would begin early next year and that the economy too will start looking up by the second quarter of 2010.

On the industries growth prospects he said “the IT and ITES industry would continue to grow despite the economy slowdown and the growth rate is expected to pick up by mid next year.” Referring to the IT expansion programme in IT industry, Gopalakirshnan said during the last one decade there was rapid expansion in IT and ITES at Hyderabad and there is still potential in tier two cities like Vishakhapatnam and vijaywada keeping in view the availability of infrastructure, international connectivity and manpower.

However, he said that his company has no immediate plans to expand activities in two tier cities in Andhra Pradesh. He said that work for Infosys’s second campus at the SEZ is expected to be complete by next year.

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